• <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> [Peter I, Tsar]. <i>Simboly i emblemata ukazom i blagopovedenii imperatora Petra Alekseevicha [Symbola et emblemata jussu atque auspiciis Petri Alexeidis].</i> Amsterdam, 1705. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Charlemagne, Adolf. Benefice d'Adieu de Madame Naptal. [St Petersburg: 16th February 1873]. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> [Military. Album.] [An album of drawings of weapons and their accessories, drawn from nature by the Second Cadets Corps.] St Petersburg, 1800. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Pushkin, Alexander. <i>Evgenii Onegin.</i> St Petersburg: Dep. of Public Education, 1825-1832. £100,000 to £150,000
    <b>Christie’s London, Nov. 27:</b> Sumarokov, Pavel. <i>Dosugi krymskogo sud’i ili vtoroe puteshestvie v Tavridu. [The Leisure of a Crimean Judge or a Second Tour to Tauris].</i> St Petersburg: Imperial Press, 1803-5. £50,000 to £80,000
  • <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> Fust-Schöffer-Bibel from Gutenberg-Press, 1462. Est: € 1,000,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. W. Weinmann, <i>Phytanthoza-Iconographia,</i> 1735-45. Est: € 60,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>O. Kokoschka, <i>Die träumenden Knaben,</i> 1917. Est: € 10,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>Z. Lilius, <i>Orbis breviarium,</i> 1493. <br>Est: € 10,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> <i>Gazette du Bon Ton,</i> 1912-22.<br>Est: € 14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>M. Chagall, <i>Daphnis & Chloé,</i> 1961. Est: € 100,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>C. Ptolemaeus, <i>Geographie,</i> 1513.<br>Est: € 100,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>E. L. Kirchner, <i>Umbra vitae,</i> 1924.<br>Est: € 6,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. Miró, <i>Midi le trèfle blanc,</i> 1968. Est: € 2,000
    <center><b>Ketterer Rare Books<br>Auction on November 25th</b>
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b> Clemens V., <i>Constitutiones,</i> 1471.<br>Est: € 14,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>C. Gesner, <i>Tierbuch, Vogelbuch, Fischbuch,</i> 1563-81. Est: € 5,000
    <b>Ketterer Rare Books, November 25:</b><br>J. Itten, <i>Utopia,</i> 1921. Est: € 2,000
  • <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Bohr (Niels). <i>On the Constitution of Atoms and Molecules,</i> first edition, presentation copy, offprint 1913. £20,000 to £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Shakespeare's Falstaff.- Henry V & Sir John Fastolf. Indenture agreement appointing Fastolf as Keeper of the Bastille of St Anthony at Paris, manuscript in French, 1421. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> World.- Purchas (Samuel). <i>Purchas his Pilgrimes. In Five Books...,</i> 5 vol., first edition, 7 folding engraved maps, contemporary calf, by William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, 1625-26. £20,000 to £30,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Book of Hours.- Use of Rouen, manuscript on vellum, in Latin and French, illuminated with 14 full-page miniatures by the workshop or follower of the Maitre de l'Echevinage, Rouen, 1480s. £20,000 t0 £30,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Giese (Raban, ?scholar and medical doctor). Album Amicorum of drawing on his travels and acquaintances in Europe 1618-21, 134 watercolour illustrations including c. 60 professional miniatures, 1618-39. £30,000 to £40,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Jones (David). 14 Autograph Letters signed, 1952-68; and a small quantity of ephemera (sm. qty). £6,000 to £8,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Constable (John). Various Subjects of Landscape, Characteristic of English Scenery, signed presentation inscription from Constable, 1833. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). The Descent from the Cross: Second Plate, etching and engraving, 1633. £6,000 to £8,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Salvin (Francis Henry) and William Brodrick. <i>Falconry in the British Isles,</i> second edition, William Brodrick's copy with 3 original watercolours by him, 1873. £8,000 to £12,000
    <center><b>Forum Auctions<br>Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works<br>on Paper including Books from The Collection of The Garden Ltd<br>November 21, 2019</b>
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> China.- Helman (Isidore Stanislas Henri). <i>Suite des seize estampes representant les conquetes de l'Empereur de la Chine,</i> 1783-88. £10,000 to £15,000
    <b>Forum Auctions, Nov. 21:</b> Pratt (Edward Roger, 1789-1863). Album of 28 watercolours and other works on paper from a journey to ancient sites and monuments in the Mediterranean, [c.1830 and later]. £3,000 to £5,000
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>Dr. Seuss, pen, ink & watercolor, calendar illustration, Thomas D. Murphy Company, 1937. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Georges Lepape, <i>Sur la Terrasse,</i> gouache & pencil, cover for <i>Vogue,</i> 1930. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Dana Gibson, <i>The Coming Game, Yale vs. Vassar,</i> pen & ink, for <i>Life</i> magazine, 1895. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>H.A. Rey, color pencil, charcoal, watercolor & gouache, for <i>Rafi et les 9 singes,</i> 1939. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Ernest H. Shepard, pen & ink, for Kenneth Grahame’s <i>Bertie’s Escapade,</i> 1949. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Schulz, <i>The Biggest Star Measured So Far,</i> ink & wash, original <i>Peanuts</i> cartoon, published 1961. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Saul Steinberg, <i>12 Biographies, A to B,</i> pen & ink with collage, final illustration in his book <i>The Labyrinth,</i> 1960. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b><br>Jo Mielziner, <i>A Streetcar Named Desire,</i> watercolor, graphite & gouache, first color study for the award-winning 1947 production. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Charles Addams, <i>Nevermore,</i> watercolor & ink, for <i>The New Yorker,</i> 1973. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>I Should Worry,</i> watercolor, gouache & graphite, cover for <i>Judge</i> magazine, 1914. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Edward Gorey, <i>Swan Lake, Hunters/Siegfried, Van Rothbart,</i> watercolor, pen & ink, costume designs, 1975. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Dec 10:</b> Ludwig Bemelmans, <i>Sketch for Madeline,</i> gouache & ink. $6,000 to $9,000.

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Thirty-nine Auctions Archived, 23 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, May 20th, 39 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 15 denominated in euros, 6 in British pounds, 1 in Swedish krona, and 17 in US dollars.  Turnover was $11,485,315 as 14,985 lots were offered and 9,934 sold for a 66% success rate.  It was an active week.  The average realization was $1,156.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on May 19th: $8,339,389 
Kiefer Buch und KunstauktionenBooks, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 1 on May 5th: $1,069,749 
SothebysPhotographs on May 19th: $1,060,800 

5 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale: 

Binoche et GiquelloAutographs and Manuscripts on May 12th: 145.03% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photography on May 17th: 144.16% 
AderOld and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 11th: 121.57% 
Binoche et GiquelloPHOTOGRAPHS : ADOLPHE BRAUN – Fifty five Views of the Alps on May 17th: 109.25% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on May 16th: 107.81% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions The Airplane as Art (portfolio of 302 photographs), 1986-1997 (one taken in 2000) on May 19th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions Apollo Guidance Computer: Original Display and Keyboard (DSKY) Unit. on May 19th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  3. Zisska and Lacher DIOSCORIDES LATINUS – Einzelblatt aus einer lateinischen Handschrift der Materia medica von Dioskurides auf Pergament. on May 12th Actual price: USD $90,188.
  4. Sothebys 'MANKIND', 2014 on May 19th Actual price: USD $78,000.
  5. Sothebys 'NAN AND BRIAN IN BED, N.Y.C.', 1983 on May 19th Actual price: USD $65,000.
  6. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Atlas novus. on May 5th Actual price: USD $62,784.
  7. Freemans FORMS IN SPACE on May 16th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  8. Swann Galleries Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph. on May 16th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  9. Sothebys 'LYDIA', 1987 on May 19th Actual price: USD $61,750.
  10. Heritage Auctions Apollo Lunar Module Reaction Control System Marquardt R-4D Rocket Engine with Extended Nozzle, Manufactured in 1965. on May 19th Actual price: USD $57,500.
  11. Sothebys 'PARADISE 17, CALIFORNIA', 1999 on May 19th Actual price: USD $56,875.
  12. Sothebys LE DÉJEUNER SUR L'HERBE, 1964 on May 17th Actual price: USD $52,725.
  13. Zisska and Lacher DIOSCORIDES LATINUS – Einzelblatt aus einer lateinischen Handschrift der Materia medica von Dioskurides auf Pergament. on May 12th Actual price: USD $51,338.
  14. Sothebys 'DIORAMA MAP, LONDON', 2010 on May 19th Actual price: USD $45,500.
  15. Neret Minet and Tessier Ensemble de quatre sphères terrestre, céleste et armillaires signées Jean Baptiste FORTIN (1740-1817) on May 5th Actual price: USD $43,600.
  16. Heritage Auctions Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California, 1981 on May 19th Actual price: USD $42,500.
  17. Sothebys 'PORTRAIT OF ELEPHANT IN DUST, AMBOSELI', 2011 on May 19th Actual price: USD $42,250.
  18. Sothebys 'BEAUTY', C. 1936 on May 19th Actual price: USD $40,625.
  19. Sothebys 'UNTITLED (NUDE RECLINING)', 1922-28 on May 19th Actual price: USD $40,625.
  20. Artcurial Roman notes I (Issue de Roman Notes) - 1970 on May 16th Actual price: USD $40,404.
  21. Artcurial Portrait de famille Ingresque III - 1963-64 on May 16th Actual price: USD $40,404.
  22. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Album mit 50 (je ca. 21,5 x 27 cm) auf starke Kart.-Bl. aufgez. Photos (albumen prints), tls. bei Pow Kee, on May 5th Actual price: USD $39,240.
  23. Freemans MARILYN MONROE (MARILYN) on May 16th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  24. Ader Visage (Marie-Thérèse). on May 12th Actual price: USD $36,438.
  25. Artcurial Vesuvius - 1985 on May 16th Actual price: USD $34,632.



16 sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/7 on May 14th: 99.44%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 19th: 99.11%
Skinner. Irresistible. Unreserved. - Books, Prints - bidstart 4/26 on May 12th: 97.73%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 19th: 96.83%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/7 on May 14th: 96.01%
Binoche et Giquello. Autographs and Manuscripts on May 12th: 95.00%
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs on May 16th: 90.28%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on May 11th: 88.00%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on May 16th: 86.30%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on May 16th: 84.65%
Tooveys. Prints on May 17th: 82.61%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 12th: 81.94%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Gambling Memorabilia - Day 1 - Cards, Books, Ephemera on May 6th: 80.88%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 16th: 80.61%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 16th: 80.49%
Sothebys. Design - Prints, Photographs on May 17th: 80.00%


39 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 19th: 99.11%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 19th: 96.83%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs, Internet Auction - Session 1 on May 19th: 67.47%
Sothebys. The Discerning Eye: Property from the Collection of Eric Franck, Part I on May 19th: 40.34%
Sothebys. Photographs on May 19th: 58.59%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature on May 18th: 71.73%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photography on May 17th: 78.06%
Binoche et Giquello. PHOTOGRAPHS : ADOLPHE BRAUN – Fifty five Views of the Alps on May 17th: 72.73%
Tajan. Manuscripts and Autographs on May 17th: 36.18%
Zisska and Lacher. Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Atlases, Prints on May 12th: 67.93%
Sothebys. Design - Prints, Photographs on May 17th: 80.00%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 16th: 80.49%
Tooveys. Prints on May 17th: 82.61%
Aguttes. A WEEKEND IN BAGATELLE - GENTLEMEN ONLY: CULTURAL CHARITY SALE & AUCTION - Prints on April 22nd: 36.67%
Aguttes. Part 1: Collection Cross: Prints on April 19th: 61.54%
The Antiquarian Book. Online auction sale of old & rare books, maps, prints, documents and vintage photography on May 10th: 23.33%
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs on May 16th: 90.28%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Dynamite, Guns, and Gold (Session 3, Western Americana, Cowboy, Indian) on April 30th: 66.04%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Dynamite, Guns, and Gold(Session 2, Minerals, Gold, Numismatics, Firearms, ) on April 29th: 63.16%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on May 11th: 88.00%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Dynamite, Guns and Gold - Day 1 - Books, mining ephemera, manuscripts on April 28th: 79.10%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on May 16th: 86.30%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on May 16th: 84.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 16th: 80.61%
Rossini. Lithographs, Aquatints, Posters, Engravings - Online bidstart 4/26 on May 15th: 17.80%
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Modern Art and Design - Prints on May 11th: 75.61%
Skinner. Irresistible. Unreserved. - Books, Prints - bidstart 4/26 on May 12th: 97.73%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 12th: 81.94%
Binoche et Giquello. Autographs and Manuscripts on May 12th: 95.00%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 11th: 70.03%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Marine and Travel - Books, Prints, Maps on May 5th: 45.61%
RR Auction. Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 4/21 on May 10th: 67.94%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Gambling Memorabilia - Day 2 - Coin-op, cheating, poker chips on May 7th: 71.88%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Gambling Memorabilia - Day 1 - Cards, Books, Ephemera on May 6th: 80.88%
Michaans Auctions. May Estate Auction on May 13th: 54.55%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 2 on May 6th: 47.94%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 1 on May 5th: 47.33%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/7 on May 14th: 96.01%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/7 on May 14th: 99.44%


For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 22nd
Il Ponte. Milan. Books, Manuscripts and Engravings. 214 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books. 102 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 95 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Valuable Books - Part 2. 345 lots

Tue. May. 23rd
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 370 lots
PIASA. Paris. Photographs. 154 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale - Books and Prints. 39 lots
Sothebys. London. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental Books. 128 lots
Sothebys. London. Musical Manuscripts. 54 lots

Wed. May. 24th
ALDE. Paris. Original Editions and Illustrated Books. 547 lots
Doyle New York. New York. The Estate of Aileen Mehle. 51 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Important Books and Manuscripts. 230 lots
Moreshet Auctions. Jerusalem. Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Letters. 64 lots

Thu. May. 25th
Swann Galleries. New York. Graphic Design. 330 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 15th-19th Century Prints. 671 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Online Sale: Naturalist Prints and More... Internet bidstart 5/11. 57 lots
Sothebys. London. Alexander Iolas - Prints. 31 lots

Sat. May. 27th
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art, part 1 - Prints. 137 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art, Part 2 - Prints. 235 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Art - Prints - bidstart 5/19. 96 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . An American Private Collection - From Lesser Ury to Rolf Nesch. 51 lots

Sun. May. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/21.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Macbeth: A Tragedy.</i> London, 1673. FIRST SEPARATE AND FIRST QUARTO EDITION. THE CHARLTON HESTON COPY. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HEMINGWAY, ERNEST. <i>In Our Time.</i> Paris, 1924. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> HAWTHORNE, NATHANIEL. <i>Fanshawe, A Tale.</i> Boston, 1828. FIRST EDITION OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> THOREAU, HENRY DAVID. <i>Walden; Or, Life in the Woods.</i> Boston, 1854. FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM. <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies.</i> London, 1685. THE FOURTH FOLIO, Brewster/Bentley issue. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> STEIG, WILLIAM. Original maquette and 58 finished drawings for <i>The Agony in the Kindergarten,</i> one of Steig's most important books. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> VERNE, JULES. <i>A Journey to the Centre of the Earth.</i> New York & London, 1872. FIRST EDITION, RARE AMERICAN ISSUE, with Scribner & Welford cancel title. $5,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 5:</b> KING, STEPHEN. <i>Carrie.</i> New York, 1974. INSCRIBED FIRST EDITION, OF AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK. $1,200 to $1,800.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE MACINTOSH PROTOTYPE. 1983. The earliest known Macintosh with "Twiggy" drive, one of only two known working machines. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> PLATO. <i>Timaeus</i> [AND] <i>Critias</i> [from Ficini's 1484 Opera]. A LANDMARK OF SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> LOVELACE, AUGUSTA ADA. Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage Esq. London, 1843. FIRST EDITION, JOURNAL ISSUE, MOST IMPORTANT PAPER IN EARLY DIGITAL COMPUTING. $15,000 to $20,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> APPLE-1 COMPUTER. Signed by Steve Wozniak, used in development of Apple II. $200,000 to $300,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Dec. 4:</b> DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. <i>On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection.</i> London, 1859. FIRST EDITION. $80,000 to $120,000.